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Poster: stratocaster Date: Dec 10, 2006 2:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: He's Gone

debuted in at Tripoli Theatre in the Netherlands on 04-14-1972...originally a song to Mickey Hart's father who ripped off the band as a manager, it soon became a second set warhorse and an ode to whomever may have kicked the bucket during the tour, i.e. Pigpen, Brent, Bobby Sands, Bob Marley...

best versions I've heard in chronological order

09-28-1972 Stanley Theatre vintage 72 interplay, great coda jam...

03-31-1973 awesome version tucked in an outstanding 73 sequence of tunes...check it out...

06-10-1973 classic show altogether, with the allmans during some of the jam, not on this tune

10-18-1974 Winterland...sweet

12-01-1979 Stanley Theatre groovy version with Brent now in the fold...goes into Gloria

05-06-1981 Nassau the Bobby Sands version, definitive version, goes into big jam...

08-03-1982 Starlight Theatre crystallizes out of space (a very rare set placement for this tune)...just a great version...goes into other one...

06-20-1983 this one during a lightning storm, nice 83 sound...

06-30-1985 thick, phat 85 quality...Weir dials up just enough whammo effects, spins into Crytical (which is rough but closes nicely)

11-01-1985 another chunky 85 version...

09-16-1990 MSG nice...people refer to this one as the "Brent" version even though they played it on 09-08...whatever...check it out...

04-04-1991 Omni this one comes out of the ether, mixed just right, great playing...

06-22-1993 Deer Creek the best 90s version...tight groove, great singing and long inspired coda...

03-21-1994 Richfield Coliseum last great version close second to 06-22-1993...inspried set as well features great Lovelight>Stella Blue> Lovelight sandwich...








This post was modified by stratocaster on 2006-12-10 22:01:30

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 9, 2006 12:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone

Very cool; another song that took a while to grow on me, but then...whewww. Some great sounds associated with jams on this one when they were inclined (might have just been me, but some of the Euro 72 material was initially off putting I think because I felt a bit let down with the studio dubbing on vocals...not a big deal--and don't want a war to insue on my personal musical appreciation faults...just an initial reaction to it relative to their other live releases of the 68-72 period. I got over it).

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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Dec 9, 2006 3:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone

Although the 7-19-74 is known for it's alltime great spanish jam and Weather Report, I've always dug the He's Gone from that show. Just soulful and Phil is on.

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Poster: RiverRat1492 Date: Dec 10, 2006 4:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone

Cool topic. Thanks for the list Stat, some I will be def. be checking out. Can I throw in 5/26/73 as one version I like. This will sound lame and I won't explain it clearly, but when they're doing the "Ooh, nothing's gonna bring him back" deal at the end, (I thinks its like 10 min. into it) Garcia starts to rip into a jam, but the rest of the crew is still "ooh"-ing. They get done with that go around and then get right with it. First time I heard that misplaced note I knew something good was coming, then had to WAIT for the "nothings going to bring him back" to get over with. Kind of dumb, but I still crank it at that time to still try to build some suspense...Ok, thats my distorted rant for the day.
Rat

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Poster: elkdog Date: Dec 9, 2006 12:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone

Strat, it's great to have you posting here again. Your posts in the past pointed me to a ton of great shows, and you're at it again! Much appreciated!

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Poster: orchiddoctor Date: Dec 10, 2006 7:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone

Not for Lenny Hart! For cowboy Neal. "Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride" that was Neal's driving!

Lenny Hart was not a beloved character.

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Dec 10, 2006 8:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone

robert hunter himself said that he's gone was written about lenny hart ripping the band off,some lyrics where left out of the original,look it up grateful dead lyrics.

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Poster: orchiddoctor Date: Dec 11, 2006 6:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone

yes, yes, yes--that makes sense. Never saw it, but it's i there. The sense of betrayl :Steal your face right off your head. Yes, good read, tigerbolt. I'll never hear the song again without thinking about this. Thank you! (Now this is what I like about the forum--being educated!)

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Poster: Yankee9 Date: Dec 9, 2006 2:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone 5/21/77

great post.

I would like to mention 5/21/77. It has a great little back beat lick from Bobby and an awesome outro jam.

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Dec 9, 2006 3:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone 5/21/77

patkelley: you're probably right :)

By the way.. I've noticed that most of my favorite He's Gone 's are from post 77 :P

Although that 5-25 really gets me going

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Poster: Terrapin31590 Date: Dec 9, 2006 1:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone

My favorite dead tune .a few things ...

1. The 4/4/91 version is from the Omni, not Nassau ..I was there ...the Hornsby howling during the "vocal jam" at the end was chilling
2. Other great versions 10/9/84 and 11/9/79 .... the 79 versions were really stretched out and heavily jammed during the outro ...

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Dec 9, 2006 1:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone

Stratocaster: thank you so much! This song just clicked for me.. maybe 3-4 days ago.. I was watching the radio city hall dead ahead DVD.. Can't wait to check out these shows.

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Poster: patkelley Date: Dec 9, 2006 1:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone

I'm jealous of you because you're sort of discovering all this new shit and getting into it and loving it. You'll never get tired of it.

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Dec 10, 2006 7:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone

Strat- good to see you start a post- I have no fav's to add- just want to say how could it is to see you START a thread- you have been missed but for your occassional comment here or there- for anyone who has joined the forum in the last few weeks- this dude is better than Deadbase and the Almanac combined- his reccos have been dynamite for me

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Poster: JodyC Date: Dec 9, 2006 12:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone

This is what I had missed in Strats absence for posting. Presents a precise topic, background and substantial and substantiated leads without much personl bias. Thanks Strat.

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Poster: Fishead Date: Dec 9, 2006 12:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone

may i add one !

6-9-91 buckeye lake --spooky / jerrry howling in the wind

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 9, 2006 12:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone

Love the tune! and how AWESOME is this? Get to add some favs not yet mentioned:

6-22-73 Vancouver BC

6-7-77 Winterland - love the way the mood of Estimated just slinks right into it all whah whahed or whatever effect, it's nice. Great combo

6-25-91 the jam at the end is one of the coolest and most unique ( at least to my ears ) sounding ones I've heard. This one stands out. Any of you haters of anything after 84 need to check this WHOLE show out and say it sucks. You can't